Fall 2016 Course Schedule

Lgl Rsrch Sem: Law & Development (LAW-795-009)

Meets: 10:00 AM - 11:50 AM (TTH) - Warren - Room NT02

Enrolled: 12 / Limit: 15

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Each year, the World Bank Group, in collaboration with the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development (GFLJD), hosts a gathering devoted to Law, Justice and Development (LJD). This year’s event will take place at the World Bank’s headquarters in Washington DC from December 5 - 8 2016.

The event will attract lawyers and others working with law and justice tools around the world to support development efforts. This year, LJD Week will emphasize climate change. For more information, please see http://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2016/12/05/ljdweek2016.

The Law and Development class will focus on the role of law in developing economies, and the role of lawyers working in development. We will experience the two key roles that lawyers play in international finance institutions:

1. The operational work of establishing the law governing Bank policies and operations; of identifying the rules applicable to the Bank's borrowing and lending transactions; and of translating development objectives and metrics into implementable agreements between the DFI and its clients.

2. The advisory work of supporting clients in legal and regulatory reform, including analysis of national and subnational legislation that may support or retard developmental progress; and suggesting ways to use legal tools to fight against poverty and inequality.

Law is one of the most important analytical and developmental tools available as we engage in the global struggle to lift people out of poverty, promote sustainable development, and shape humane societies.

We will visit and develop relationships with lawyers working at the World Bank, IMF, and Inter-American Development Bank. This course will offer students direct involvement in preparations for LJD Week 2016, and will equip them to get the maximum benefit out of participation in the event.

In previous years, WCL students have helped host international participants, have acted as rapporteurs for LJD Week sessions, and have helped develop research that was presented during LJD Week. Depending on your specific skills and interests, there will be a variety of ways for you to be involved.

This course will be limited to a maximum of 15 students, to be selected by the professor. Those interested should submit a resume and a one-paragraph statement of why you would be interested in working with the World Bank on Law Justice and Development Week 2016 by email to glasser@american.edu. Early application is encouraged.

Research Topics

We plan to identify one concrete research topic for each student – ideally a topic that a World Bank or Global Forum partner would like to have researched. To get an idea of possible topics, please review the Law, Justice and Development Week information note at http://pubdocs.worldbank.org/pubdocs/publicdoc/2016/4/378961460410072465/LJD-Week-2016-Information-Note.pdf

Textbooks and Other Materials

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